Kenneth Walsh has an article in U.S. News called “A Sinking Presidency.” Short version: Bush thinks he’s a cross between Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman. He has an absolute confidence in himself and the rightness of his convictions. He thinks future generations will praise him and realize he is right. He’s bleeping nuts, in other words.
Everyone who works in the White House agrees with President Bush’s opinion of himself. The atmosphere in the West Wing is calm and serene. That’s because people in the White House are all living in the bubble and reinforcing each other’s delusions. The West Wing staff thinks the President is doing a heck of a job, and that his critics are wrong.
Most of the rest of the planet … disagrees.
See also The Carpetbagger.